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Thursday, March 01, 2012

WEDDING BELLES (photo) & ANTIQUES (dreamku) by Roswila


he carefully drapes
my antique lace bridal veil
over his own white hair
you should wear it just so says
this old man whom I don’t know

yet what’s more surprising:
his coaching on fashion or
that I’m to be married

[a tanka and dreamku on a dream of 11-12-11. I’m in a silly mood due to exhaustion and great relief so this odd little dream/ku from last fall fits right in. It seems that all my computer system needed to get back to “normal” was a new modem from my ISP! I still have some upgrading to do to keep it working well until I can finance a totally new system. But what a relief not to have to bite the bullet and get a new system right away. And a friend just gave me his old flat screen monitor which means I’ll have more space on my desk. I’ve been using an ancient huge honker of a monitor that only cost me $5 in our Thrift Store and it’s served me well. But it sure crowds my desk. Hm, there does seem to be a theme developing of “old” which brings me right back to today’s dreamku “Antiques.” Photo “Wedding Belles” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that I never have nor do I now lay claim to having been the first to suggest writing about our dreams in the haiku form. In fact, the haijin (Haiku Masters of centuries ago) sometimes wrote haiku on dreams. But even more importantly, what I have been developing for several years now on this blog is not even truly haiku or tanka or monoku. The ways in which I have been using and experimenting with these forms makes the results more akin to kissing cousins of these small Eastern poetry forms. Therefore, I mostly use the term "dreamku" to distinguish what I do from those traditional forms. Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION than follows below, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the basic (most haiku-like) dreamku form.

Also, the photo accompanying a daily dream poem or non-dream based poem is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse -- similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku). I've also recently realized that although the dreamku (i.e. dream based poems) posted here tend not to have metaphor or simile, the accompanying photos almost always act as such.

To write a metaphor or simile into a dream scenario is something I rarely do. It can be confusing: did it really look like a hand, say, in the dream, or am I just being poetic to make my conscious point? As these dreamku act as a dream journal, my over-riding tendency is to try to stay close to the actual dream scenario itself. Admittedly making for a tendency to less "poetic" dreamku. Then why pay attention to any haiku, tanka, or monoku parameters at all when writing about my dreams? Because I find in even attempting to adhere to them I'm making choices that relieve my dream recall of a great deal of chatter so that I can get down to some important dream aspects. Here's a link to THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU & ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS in which I go into some of the basic parameters for dreamku and the photos chosen to go with them (and with any non-dream based poems I post here, as well).

The archives in the sidebar hold years of the daily dreamku, tanka, monoku and photo posts I've made, grouped in one post by month. As I no longer post dreamku (or non-dream based poems) strictly daily, each post will appear below and then in the archives by the day on which it was posted.

There are many other sorts of posts here, not all dream-based. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non-dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers than myself), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006 in the sidebar.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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At 9:09 PM , Blogger Saj said...

I love this dreamku and the photo. I hope to print out your 3-section piece re dreamku tomorrow to read. I have been recording dreams and am eager to put them into some creative form other than narrative, linear notes. Glad your computer system is being upgraded and it is only the modem to be fixed.

I love your sense of play and humor in your dreamkus.

At 9:32 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hope you'll share some of your dreamku with me when you're ready. (My approach to writing dreamku has changed a bit since drafting that three part primer. But more as a matter of relaxing the parameters, than letting any of them go all together. Even if I choose not to stick to one, it was there during the drafting, offering a certain amount of initial guidance or direction.)

Humor in dreams is an interesting subject for me. Sometimes the humor was clearly there as I was dreaming. Sometimes it only surfaces on recall, as I'm drafting a dreamku about it. Which I guess is pretty much like waking life: it's a lot in how you receive it. :-)


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